TV REVIEW: Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 2 – The Night Lands
Posted by brogen on April 9, 2012
Theon Greyjoy returns home to the Iron Islands with the hope that his father will help Robb Stark overcome the Lannisters in return for being restored to the throne, Arya shares her secret with Gendry as they journey north, Cersei and Tyrion butt heads over the goings on in King’s Landing and Davos enlists a pirate and his crew for help in taking King’s Landing for Stannis Baratheon.
There is a lot going on in this week’s episode of Game of Thrones – as usual – but the pieces are beginning to fall into place after the information drenched first episode last week.
After he tells her that he knows she is a girl, Arya tells Gendry exactly who she is. This is sure to have fallout later in the series, but for now, it is good to see that Arya finally has someone on her side. Joffrey’s men are seeking Gendry as they strive to stamp out anyone who may have a claim to the throne, and Gendry has no idea that Robert Baratheon was his father. This will make for interesting viewing in the future.
In King’s Landing, Verys finds Tyrion’s consort, which is bound to lead to trouble, and Tyrion sends Janos – commander of the City Watch – into exile at the Wall. Tyrion has heard that Janos was the one to betray Ned Stark to the former king, and wishes to avoid a similar fate to his predecessor. Even though Tyrion is still out for himself through much of Game of Thrones, he has also become the voice of reason at the court. He warns his sister that Joffrey is getting out of control and while Cersei is more than aware of this, she refuses to admit that her brother is right. It is obvious that she is becoming more and more afraid of her tyrannical son, but Cersei rejects Robb Stark’s peace terms and berates Tyrion for banishing Janos. It seems that clan Lannister is burning from the inside out, and even if war were not gathering at various places around the country, it would not be long before everything they have worked for comes crashing down. It will be fun to watch the Lannisters implode, or try and save their skins.
Danerys sends riders out to find help for her small caravan to survive. Rakharo’s horse returns with his body crammed into a sack and the Khaleesi swears revenge. Daenerys has not had a lot to do this season so far, but one thing is sure; in the war that is coming for the Iron Throne, Daenerys Targaryen will be a major player. Another player ramping up to be a major threat to the Lannisters is Stannis Baratheon. Davros hires pirates to aid in their sacking of King’s Landing, and even though Stannis is fearful of the conflict, he doesn’t back down. Melisandre counsels him that the Lord of Light will help him, and promises him a son if he will betray his promise to his wife.
Theon Greyjoy has spent nine years as a ward at Winterfell with the Stark family, but his return to the Iron Islands is not the joyful one had hoped for, instead, his father has trained his sister Yara to lead the army against the Lannisters and berates him for the way he is dressed.
Finally, Jon Snow is facing his own troubles past the Wall. Gilly, daughter wife of Craster, begs to go with them when they leave; she is pregnant and fears for the life of her child. Snow refuses but as he wanders the forest at night he hears a baby cry, and sees something that he shouldn’t. The end of the episode, and the fate of Jon Snow is left open, but one thing is clear; the fate of male children is not something that Craster wants to become public knowledge.
As usual, there is a lot going on in this episode of Game of Thrones, and if you do not pay attention you may well be lost, but one thing is clear; the war against the Lannisters is gaining momentum and it will not be long before their authority is challenged. Some players may seem weak at the moment, but we know from past viewing that weakness does not mean that these factions will back down. A great episode that shows the alliances forming, and makes character motivations that little bit clearer.
GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes